"Heaven" as written by and Brett Dennen....
Beyond the rules of religion
The cloth of conviction
Above all the competition
Where fact and fiction meet

There's no color lines or casts or classes
There is no fooling the masses
Whatever faith you practice
Whatever you believe

Heaven, heaven
What the hell is heaven?
Is there a home for the homeless?
Is there hope for the hopeless?

Throw away your misconceptions
There's no walls around heaven
There's no codes you got to know to get in
No minutemen or border patrol

You must lose all your earthly possession
Leave behind your weapon
You cannot buy your salvation
There is no pot of gold

Heaven, heaven
What the hell is heaven?
Is there a home for the homeless?
Is there hope for the hopeless?

Heaven ain't got no prisons
No government no business
No banks or politicians
No armies and no police

Castles and cathedrals crumble
Pyramids and pipelines tumble
The failure keeps you humble
Leads us closer to peace

Heaven, heaven
What the hell is heaven?
Is there a home for the homeless?
Is there hope for the hopeless?

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"Heaven" as written by Brett Dennen

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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful.
    It is hard for me not to tear up when I hear the first few lines because it is such a simple yet powerful message.
    I think we all hope to get to heaven (whatever heaven means to you...whether it be an actual place our souls go or reaching a state of enlightenment or just a fleeting moment of joy).
    I am in no way religious and think for the most part religion is a bunch of B.S and is full of hypocrites and those who look to capitalize from peopl's fears and insecurities.
    However, behind all the B.S there is some truth to all the religions I am familiar with (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism): Love and Peace...to look after the less fortunate.
    For people to teach that you need to follow a certain set of rules to get into heaven and that only people from their religion are on the right path is simply crazy. I think this is what he is getting to in this song.

    Hope for the hopeless and a home for the homeless are lyrics geared towards those less fortunate than people like me and you who have access to this site and the luxury to post philosophical musings in forums such as these.
    We are certainly a lucky minority in the world and no, we should not rely on the religious beleif that heaven is there for those who go to church and pray because we can make the lives of homeless and hopeless people more bearable by acts of kindness. We can't create heaven on earth but I think not trying to make life easier for the suffering is as crazy as being a maniacal zealot from any religion.

    Like the Dalai Lama says,
    "The only religion is kindness"
    This song makes me think of that quote and that idea...kindness in this lifetime on earth
    JoJoPeepson July 05, 2010   Link
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    General Commentprobably one of the most profound songs that i have ever REALLY listened to. it grabs me and brings a peace and hope for the future.

    brett tells that heaven is not just for certain people of a certain religion, and that just like the beatitudes, "blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (matthew 5:4). this is really an uplifting song that calls for hope and peace among all people... which truly exemplifies everything that brett stands for.

    this reminds me of c.s. lewis in The Last Battle (book 7 of the Chronicles of Narnia), in which lewis paints a picture of heaven that is for people who are truly good... not just for overt christians. he pictures a God who honors those who act out of love for their fellow man... who are inevitably serving God whether they know it or not. truly one of the most influential passages that i have ever had the privilege of reading. it made me think when i was younger... and now it means so much more.

    i love that brett has the ability to see that all people are worthy of love... and that for many who are suffering, heaven will come.

    makes me tear up every time.
    sigepjwallon January 11, 2010   Link

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